Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as “…an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage”.¹ Potential mechanisms for pain and the risk factors for associated disability have been extensively studied in order to understand the pain [...]
Years ago, arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down, but not so anymore. Recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of bed rest and drug therapy.
Exercise headaches usually strike in younger people, from adolescence through age 50. This type of headache usually occurs with lengthy exercise sessions. The headache usually pops up at the height of exercise and the pain typically fades when the exercise stops. However, in certain cases the exercise induced headaches can last up to two days. [...]
If you suffer from persistent or recurring headaches, it may be that your neck is the culprit (and you may not even have pain!) This cause of headache has been commonly overlooked which has often resulted in patients suffering for many years.
Physios are experts in assessing and treating neck related headache. Headaches caused [...]
Chronic pain usually falls into one of two categories:
Nociceptive pain is caused by damage to body tissue and usually described as a sharp, aching, or throbbing pain. The damage may be due to an event such as an injury or surgery or an active disease process within the tissues.
Neuropathic pain occurs when there [...]
Australia is a sports-loving nation, as both participants and spectators. Australia’s mild winters mean that in most parts of Australia, participation in outdoor exercise and sports can occur all year round. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), over 60% of Australians participate in sports and exercise programs.
The Medibank Private Safe [...]
Acute low back pain refers to pain in the lower back which has lasted for less than 12 weeks. The lumbar spine is the bottom section of the spine and consists of five vertebrae. Between these vertebrae are structures called discs which act as shock absorbers. There are countless muscles acting on the lumbar spine [...]
Physiotherapy treatment has a large part to play in the overall management of arthritis. The physiotherapist, as a member of your management team, is trained to understand and treat the physical aspects of the human body.
Physiotherapy for people with arthritis is aimed at:
* Reduction of pain and swelling
* Promote range [...]
Neck pain is a world-wide phenomenon, it can hurt a lot, it can cost a lot and interferes with routine daily living. Its triggering factors are many and its symptoms can range from a sense of minor discomfort to severe and debilitating.
A Physiotherapist can help treat neck pain. Physiotherapy can help treat stiffness and [...]
As a parent, it is important for you to encourage your children to be physically active. A child should try to do at least 40–60 minutes of exercise each day. To achieve this goal, plan some family togetherness time. Here are some easy ways to reach that goal together.
Walk the dog. Treat your dog to [...]